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What’s Trending with Houseplants

IMAGE:  Fiddle Leaf Fig

University of Minnesota Extension, Stearns County News
January 11, 2017        
           
Source:  Beth Berlin, Extension Educator-Horticulture
University of Minnesota Extension
Stearns, Benton, & Morrison Counties


What’s Trending with Houseplants
By Beth Berlin, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (01/11/17) — Did you realize that it was Houseplant Appreciation Day on January 10th? Many of us probably didn’t thank our houseplants, but hopefully you do recognize and appreciate what they are providing for us in our homes and at work.  Did you know there are trends in houseplants?

Designers are indicating 2017 is a throwback to retro 1970’s; not necessarily encouraging you to discard your current décor, but recognizing the trend of having lush greenery and bringing nature into our homes, like in the 1970’s, is back. 

There are also specific houseplants that are popular right now. The fiddle-leaf fig, Ficus lyrata, is considered to be the “it plant”. This attractive large houseplant makes a statement in a room.  The fiddle-leaf fig has a woody stem with large, dark-green leaves; some refer to as a “living sculpture”.  Ficus are native to tropical or sub-tropical climates where it is warm and humid. In general this plant does require some extra care, but certainly brings height, texture, and form to a room.

Here are some care tips for the fiddle-leaf fig:
1) Fertilize every 3-4 weeks with 1/2 the label-recommended strength during the growing season (spring through fall)
2) Water plant thoroughly; water when soil 1-inch under the surface begins to dry; excess water or dry conditions may result in leaf drop
3) Place in location with bright, medium light
4) Plant is sensitive to cold temperatures so choose location carefully and allow it to adjust to climate; this plant does not like to be moved
5) Prefers well-drained soils; prune or repot when you notice roots coming out the bottom or top of container

Other trending plants include the snake plant, string of pearls, string of bananas, pothos, maiden hair fern, umbrella plant and air plants. Grouping plants is popular right now, creating a block of color and texture. Not only can the plants create the texture, but containers can create the décor as well.  Some of these plants might already be in your collection, but consider getting yourself something new and exciting or maybe splurge and buy some new containers to give them a more complete look in a grouping. For more information on houseplant care visit www.extension.umn.edu/garden

Contacts

Beth Berlin
Extension Educator, Horticulture
(320) 255-6169
adam0062@umn.edu
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